Karen Bayly

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News Booth … and a thought

I introduced the idea of a steampunk style News Booth in my novel, “Fortitude”.  So what’s on today?

The Bad News: Plastic … not fantastic

Unless you’ve been living somewhere cut off from all communications and the rest of humanity, you would have heard about plastics pollution. It is having a dreadful effect on our oceans and all that dwell within those watery realms.

Photo from University of Tasmania

So we all know that we have to reduce our use of plastic. No mean feat given the following words from Professor Andrew Holmes, polymer chemist and emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne:

“No-one in their daily life within a period of 10 minutes isn’t touching something that is made of plastic.”

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The Good News: Edible beer can rings!

In an effort to remove one source of plastic from the inedible food chain, a craft beer company from Florida, USA, has created 100 percent biodegradable and compostable six-pack rings. Theses are made from by-products of the brewing process such as wheat and barley.

Photo by We Believers (see here)

Saltwater Brewery say their six-pack rings are edible by both humans and fish. While processed wheat and barley may not be the best food for our ocean friends, anything is better than plastic. Plus it’s fantastic that the company is turning their waste into something useful.

Hmm ...

It’s been on my mind that while there is a push for the average person to reduce their plastics footprint, we aren’t adequately addressing how it gets into our waterways and oceans in the first place.

Some plastic reaches the ocean because certain people are careless and/or lazy. They leave their rubbish lying around where it is washed down stormwater drains into waterways. Other plastics are flushed down the toilet and synthetic fabrics can shed fibres when washed.

However, some of it is down to a lack of good waste management systems. Even when transported to a landfill, there is still the possibility of some plastic blowing away. Likewise, in many industries, the waste control processes implemented in the production and transportation of plastics are inadequate.

So while the average Joe and Jane can certainly make a difference, the corporate world and governments need to take greater responsibility. So far it seems the onus is on everyone but them.

See more from Greenpeace.

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